Various countries are reopening their borders this summer after months of travel bans and lockdowns due to coronavirus.
The COVID-19 pandemic has dominated the headlines for much of 2020. Many countries around the world imposed border restrictions or even prohibited travel altogether. Governments in many regions imposed lockdowns, instructing people to remain in their homes unless going out was essential.
Now that the number of cases of coronavirus is falling in most countries and the outbreak of the disease appears to be under control, many of these measures are being lifted.
Lockdowns are over in several places and a number of states have opened their borders to international travel once again or are planning to do so in the near future.
Information about travel restrictions, the reopening of borders, and worldwide visa information is constantly changing. If you are planning to travel this summer, it is advisable to keep checking for updates on the latest travel and visa information.
Which Countries Are Reopening for Visitors?
There are a number of locations around the world that are already open or planning to open their borders to travelers during summer 2020. These potential holiday destinations are as follows, along with the dates and conditions that they will be open to international visitors.
Antigua and Barbuda – borders reopened to all international travelers on June 4.
Aruba – the Dutch territory in the Caribbean is opening step by step for different nationalities. The key dates announced so far are:
- June 15 – visitors from Bonaire and Curaçao are permitted.
- July 1 – travelers from the Caribbean (with the exception of the Dominican Republic and Haiti), Europe, and Canada are allowed to visit.
- July 10 – US travelers can enter.
The Bahamas – On June 15 private yachts and private aircraft were given permission to land in the Bahamas. From July 1, commercial flights begin once again and all travelers will be allowed to enter. All arrivals will be screened and must follow health guidelines, such as social distancing and the use of face masks while in the Bahamas.
Bermuda – From July 1, visitors from all countries are allowed to enter if they have a certified negative PCR COVID-19 test issued within 72 hours of departure.
The Dominican Republic – Borders reopen from July 1 for visitors of all nationalities.
Jamaica – Starting June 15, Jamaica is open to travelers from any country of origin.
Mexico – Certain popular tourist destinations, including Cancun and Playa del Carmen, reopened on June 8.
Saint Lucia – International travel to St. Lucia restarted on June 4. Visitors are required to present certified proof of a negative COVID-19 test issued within 48 hours of boarding their flights. Once they have arrived on the island, they must continue to wear facemasks and practice social distancing).
St. Barth – The French Caribbean island is open to tourists starting from June 22. Visitors must have a negative PCR test.
Turks and Caicos – The British Overseas Territory will start receiving international travelers again on July 22. Initially, only flights from the US, Canada, and Europe will resume from this date.
USA – The United States didn’t close borders to all countries, but suspended tourist visas and banned visitors from Europe, Iran, Brazil, and China. Travelers from Australia, Chile, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, and Canada (air travel only) are still permitted to visit the US.
Austria – Borders reopened on June 16, initially only to visitors from EU countries, with the exception of Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.
Bulgaria – From June 1, holidaymakers from 30 European countries are permitted to visit Bulgaria without undergoing a 14-day quarantine.
Croatia – Travelers from EU member states may visit Croatia from June 1. Most travelers are required to show proof of accommodation reservations and a valid reason for entering. 10 countries are exempt from these requirements: Austria, Estonia, Czechia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
Cyprus – The island state intends to reopen international travel before the end of June. Countries are divided into 2 lists. Visitors from Category A countries will face no restrictions, while those from Category B countries will need a PRC test proving they do not have COVID-19 issued within 72 hours before traveling to Cyprus. This lists will be updated weekly.
Czech Republic – From June 15, citizens of EU countries deemed to be low risk are able to enter Czechia without taking a coronavirus test or undergoing quarantine.
France – The dates from which travelers may visit France depends on the country of origin:
- June 15 – EU citizens and residents will be allowed to enter France. Only those from Spain and the UK are required to undergo quarantine for 14 days.
- July 1 – France is also considering reopening the borders for non-EU/Schengen countries.
Georgia – Borders reopen to all international visitors from July 1.
Germany – Visitors from 31 European countries (members of the EU, EFTA, and the UK) are allowed to travel to Germany from June 15.
Greece – Travelers from 29 countries are able to visit Greece from June 15 without testing or quarantine. Nationals and residents of other countries are allowed to enter, but must be tested on arrival and self-quarantine for 7 days if the result is negative or quarantine in a supervised facility for 14 days if positive for COVID-19.
Iceland – From June 15, travelers are allowed into Iceland. They must complete a pre-registration form and can choose to either be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival in the country or self-quarantine for 2 weeks.
Italy – On June 3, borders reopened to travelers from the European Union, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and Vatican City.
Malta – Visitors from around 20 different countries will be allowed to enter from July 1. All tourists will be permitted to visit starting from July 15.
Montenegro – As of June 1, Montenegro is open to travelers from 131 different nations.
Netherlands – From June 15, visitors from EU/Schengen countries will be able to travel to the Netherlands.
Poland – EU nationals will be able to enter Poland from June 13 without having to self-isolate.
Portugal – Starting in mid-June, travelers from 23 European countries are able to visit Portugal. Notably, Spanish, Italian, and British nationals are still not allowed to enter without undergoing quarantine.
Serbia – Borders reopened to travelers from all countries on May 22 with no mandatory testing or isolation.
Spain – Travel restrictions to Spain will be lifted at different times according to the country of origin:
- June 21 – EU citizens may holiday in Spain
- July 1 – Nationals of certain countries outside the EU will be granted entry
Sweden – Citizens of EU and EFTA member states and the UK have never been banned from entering Sweden and may visit the Scandinavian country this summer.
Switzerland – From June 15, travelers from the EU, EFTA, and the UK are able to visit Switzerland.
Turkey – Borders are open to visitors from 40 countries from June 10.
UK – The United Kingdom never closed its borders, but all arrivals must complete a 14-day quarantine.
Bali (Indonesia) – Domestic tourism is set to restart on July 9 (domestic tourism). August is being considered as the time to reopen borders to international visitors.
Maldives – The tourism minister of the Maldives has announced that the country is planning to open its borders to international travelers in July.
Sri Lanka – The island nation is set to reopen its borders on August 1. Visitors will be required to have a negative PCR test with them and agree to have another test upon arrival.
Vietnam – Starting from July 1, citizens of 80 countries will be allowed into Vietnam for their vacations.
Egypt – Seaside resorts reopen to international tourism on July 1
Seychelles – On June 1, the Seychelles reopened their borders to visitors from 19 nations deemed to be low risk for COVID-19. A further 17 countries are being considered to join this list.
Tanzania – As of June, the East African country is allowing international visitors to enter for their summer holidays.
Tunisia – Borders reopen to all travelers starting from June 27. All visitors must have a negative coronavirus test within 72 hours of boarding and present it upon arrival.
French Polynesia (Bora Bora and Tahiti) – Certain islands, including Tahiti, Bora Bora, and Mo’orea in the French Pacific territory will reopen to visitors from all countries from July 15. A negative COVID-19 test will be required to enter.
The status of travel restrictions due to coronavirus continues to change, so it is important to keep up to date. Anyone planning to book a summer vacation in 2020 should check visa requirements for their intended destination and consult global travel regulations as the situation continues.